• The 14 Biggest Pricing Errors
    MANY SELF-STORAGE FACILITIES USE PRICING STRATEGIES THAT DON'T MAKE SENSE. RECENTLY, a self-storage owner told me he priced his services by surveying the competiton and setting his prices comparatively. To set your fees using this system alone is folly. If your goal is to ...More
    January 1, 2003 Fred Gleeck Posted in Articles
  • Dry-Stack Storage
    A very attractive niche market for the self-storage business is the storage of boats and recreational vehicles (RV). While many self-storage operations have occasionally targeted boat and RV customers, their efforts have mostly been in the traditional, single-story ...More
    January 1, 2003 Patrick Farrell Posted in Articles
  • Arkansas Self-Storage
    WHEN BILL SWEETSER, PRESIDENT OF SWEETSER LTD., decided to enter the self-storage industry, he was up against a tough challenge--convincing the zoning commission his project would enhance the area. A licensed general contractor, he knows the commission of Fayetteville, ...More
    January 1, 2003 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • The Importance of Roof Care
    IN PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES THAT EXPERIENCE EXTREME WINTER WINDS, rain and natural disasters, it is not uncommon for storage facilities to experience roof damage. The elements are a common threat to your facility and your customers' stored goods, so it is essential to ...More
    January 1, 2003 Amy Brown Posted in Articles
  • Cron Industries: Pioneers in European Self-Storage
    Nine years of hard work and an uncanny business savvy propelled Carl A. Svensen and Lasse Hoydal from simply building their own self-storage facilities to being owners in a company with 20 facilities across Europe. Svensen worked part-time at a self-storage facility while a ...More
    January 1, 2003 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • Opportunities in Records Management: An Overview
    There are many essential elements to developing, managing, marketing and operating a successful commercial records-management business. This article provides a brief overview of the commercial records industry. It also discusses many of the basic components of records ...More
    January 1, 2003 Steven J. Hyman Posted in Articles
  • U.K. Self-Storage: A Gem of an Industry
    OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW--WHAT A GREAT BOOST TO THE NEW YEAR'S FILL-UP RATES, especially if everyone keeps the old and sticks it into storage! It's already 2003, and we wonder if the incredible growth of storage phenomenon can match last year's. Oh, yes, it ...More
    January 1, 2003 Graham Lomax Posted in Articles
  • State of the Industry Report
    A slow economy and declining demand put domestic self-storage to the test. What role will overseas expansion play? Crowded markets and a lagging economy over the past year tested the myth that self-storage is recession-proof. Some stores faired well. Others saw occupancy ...More
    January 1, 2003 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles, Development, Finance
  • Forecast '03
    While they may not have an all-seeing crystal ball, the industry experts who shared their predictions for the upcoming year with Inside Self-Storage do know a thing or two about the business. They are self-storage consultants, presidents, CEOs and all-around gurus. Here's ...More
    January 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Development, Finance
  • Wizards of Ob (Overbuilding)
    WHEN DOROTHY GALE RUNS AWAY FROM HOME IN THE OPENING SCENE OF THE WIZARD OF OZ, SHE ENCOUNTERS PROFESSOR MARVEL, a benevolent charlatan who professes to see all in the gaze of his crystal ball. He foretells an illness befalling the famed Auntie Em, which prompts Dorothy to ...More
    January 1, 2003 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles